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Don't be blinded by the cloud's many virtues

There's a lot of good news for cloud computing these days, but always remember that other technologies are sometimes a better option

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Cloud computing slows energy demand, U.S. says

The shift away from the traditional center has reduced power-usage growth from 24 percent to just 4 percent

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Microsoft pledges to use more renewable energy in its data centers

It's goal is to use 50 percent wind, solar, and hydropower by the end of 2018 and keep improving from there

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The struggle to create fusion energy at MIT

MIT's Dennis Whyte talks about the efforts to build a prototype fusion reactor.

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The MIT C-MOD Fusion Reactor Project

MIT has been developing a small fusion reactor prototype, three of which could power the City of Boston if they were fully built.

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Salesforce backs new wind farm in 12-year renewable-energy deal

The farm will supply the equivalent of 90 percent of the energy Salesforce used in fiscal 2015

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How green is your cloud?

The public clouds run by Amazon, Google, IBM, and Microsoft all claim a commitment to green energy -- but the clear leader in this field may surprise you

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Forecast 2016: 5 disruptors to keep on your radar

Savvy tech execs can't afford to ignore these developments, which stand to remake the future of IT

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Extreme tech positions of the presidential candidates

How candidates see the government's role in science and tech and some tech implications of the 2016 contest

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IBM's machine-learning crystal ball can foresee renewable energy availability

By predicting the weather, the technology can then forecast how much energy will be generated by solar- and wind-powered sources

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1 in 3 data center servers is a zombie

Fully 30% of all physical servers in data centers are comatose, meaning they use energy but deliver no useful information

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Is your cloud green enough? That's the wrong question

If you want greener data centers, go after enterprise IT, not the cloud providers

How green is Amazon’s cloud?

Greenpeace report gives Google a grade of B for energy efficiency, while AWS got a D

Wi-Fi signals can do rough head counts

Estimating the number of people present by looking at Wi-Fi signals could help make buildings more energy efficient

Computer chips made of wood promise greener electronics

U.S. and Chinese researchers are developing high-performance chips that can biodegrade

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CenturyLink's new data center runs on water

Hydroelectric power is more reliable than wind or solar, which are dependent on weather

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Apple's U.S. facilities now get 100% of their power from renewables

Company has been building new solar power plants around the U.S. and in China

Apple plans two European data centers running on renewable energy

With data storage in the European Union, the company will not need to export data to the U.S. or other data protection regimes

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